Cass County Project Spotlight 2023 Nominations

Cass County 4-H Association

The mission of today’s 4-H is to help youth and volunteers in their development through experiential educational programs. 4-H education programs are designed to empower young people to become independent and participating members of their family and community by creating experiences to build self-confidence, develop inquiring minds and encouraging interpersonal cooperation.

The Cass County Fair is the biggest event that occurs in our community, which serves our county and surrounding counties. Agriculture is so important to our community and we need to ensure that our 4-H organization can continue to provide the youth an educational event that helps them be great stewards of our community. The money will be utilized to help continue to work on improving the 4-H program through building repairs, new equipment or upgrading electricity throughout the animal barns or merchant buildings.

Cass County Reading Railroad

Cass County Reading Railroad focuses on early childhood literacy for children in Cass County. The four main programs are Begindergarten which helps prepare children for kindergarten, Business Partners puts a volunteer in every pre-k through second grade classrooms at Lewis Cass, Pioneer, Logansport and Caston Schools to read to the classrooms, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library sends a book per month to children who are registered from birth to age five and provides first graders with library visits to the public library once per month during the school year for Logansport and Lewis Cass Schools. The nonprofit status falls under United Way of Cass County.

Civic Players of Logansport

Civic Players of Logansport is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the theatrical arts and culture in our community. Since 1958, our organization has provided the opportunity to experience live theater. Civic Players of Logansport showcases the talents of individuals in Logansport and its surrounding communities. Our all-volunteer members spend countless hours involved with every aspect of theater, from behind the scenes to being in the spotlight. We work closely with the McHale Performing Arts Center and the historic State Theatre, where their talented staff brings our shows to life. We encourage everyone to find their hidden talents or just come and enjoy the show!

Domestic Violence Task Force of Cass County

The Domestic Violence Task Force of Cass County has been helping to educate the community about the issue of domestic violence and how to seek help for over thirty years. They offer a weekly support group with free childcare provided. They partner with other local businesses and organizations to offer free self-defense classes, partner to provide educational presentations to the youth regarding domestic violence. Additionally, they support the domestic violence shelter so that families have a safe place to go in times of crisis. They also provide direct assistance to survivors to support their safety and personal needs, including changing locks, transportation needs, financial needs and more.

Downtown Senior Center (Cass County Council on Aging)

There’s an old saying – “age is just a number.” Come and visit the Downtown Senior Center, and you’ll see evidence that the old saying is true! We are a gathering place for seniors seeking fun, friendship, and social interaction. There are regular card games, a variety of exercise classes, craft lessons … monthly Supper Club trips to restaurants … a big selection of board games and jigsaw puzzles … weekly Bingo games with grocery and household items as prizes … monthly birthday celebrations, and so much more! The reality is, it takes money to offer these programs and events to our visitors, even though participation is free or at a very affordable cost. Inflation has hit our 501c3 non-profit organization hard, just as it has affected everyone at every income level. Many of our clients have very little “extra” in their budget, so passing the rising costs along to them is not an option. And that is why we are asking for your vote, so that we can give our budget a boost!

Emmaus Mission Center, Inc.

Emmaus Dairy Program

Dairy products are rarely donated to Emmaus’ pantry, but they are an important part of providing a balanced diet to those they care for. They currently purchase 350 half gallons of milk per week from Prairie Farms at a cost of $837.13 each week.

Emmaus’ mission statement denotes that they are dedicated to assisting low-income families and individuals by providing access to food, along with other basic necessities.

Since the initial opening of their pantry they have seen an increase in both nationwide and local food insecurity rates. This is due, in part, to pandemic concerns in addition to the marked increase in the cost of food and other basic necessities. They must continue to do their utmost to support their local community within Cass County, Indiana.

In our county, and nationwide, food insecurity is increasing due to the current economic climate and post-pandemic fallout that is still negatively impacting the global situation. Emmaus’ witnessed this impact directly in their pantry where, over the last half of 2022 in particular, they have signed up an average of eight new families for food assistance during each four-times-a-week two hour blocks that their pantry is open.

At the most basic level, adding milk to food distribution allows Emmaus to provide a more nutritionally balanced and diverse range of products to the people that they are blessed to serve. A successful grant application, along with the generosity of others who have seen the need to support this dairy program, will help Emmaus to continue this important community service for the foreseeable future.

Golden Service Angels

We are a nonprofit that helps Gold Star Families.  The Gold Star button is distributed to members of the immediate family of a fallen service member by the Department of Defense. The button is distributed according to strict Department of Defense guidelines for service members who have lost their lives in a conflict or in support of certain military operations.

Golden Service Angels holds an event once a year on Gold Star Sunday to honor the national holiday for these families.

Lewis Cass Band Boosters

The Lewis Cass Band Boosters support the students of the Lewis Cass Band Program. They help fund the financial needs of the program as well as volunteer in many ways to make sure the excellence of the program and the needs of the students are met.

Logan’s Landing

Logan’s Landing is Logansport’s Main Street organization – we’re all about downtown revitalization! Our programs and projects to improve and preserve the downtown district include beautification, assisting downtown businesses, and special events. We have widespread community support in the form of volunteers, but funding is needed for materials and projects!

One Warrior Foundation

One Warrior is a way for the community of Cass County, Indiana to show their appreciation to our military members for their hard work and sacrifice. One Warrior Foundation is committed to providing encouragement and assistance to our Veteran community. “No man left behind” should be more than a slogan, it should be a way of life! At One Warrior Foundation, we pride ourselves on hosting amazing celebrations that honor our living and fallen warriors, now you can be a part of that!

State Theatre Preservation Society

The State Theatre operates as a non-profit organization that brings talent to the Cass County area. State Theatre also provides a place for area non-profit organizations to hold fundraisers and benefits at either a minimal or no cost. Examples include but not limited to Logansport Civic Players, Jr. Civic Players, Domestic Task Force, and other benefit programs. While the mission is to save and restore the only remaining historic theatre in our area, many others are benefiting from the usage of the theatre.

United Way of Cass County

United Way of Cass County is a local 501(c)3 nonprofit that raises funds for local programs, both as a part of UWCC and at other nonprofit organizations in Cass County. United Way focuses on uniting the community together around 3 impact areas: education, financial stability, and health.

Women at The Well Recovery Home

Our mission is to provide a safe, stable and structured Christian living environment to assist women in their effort to repair relationships, rebuild physical and mental health and restore a spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ.

Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest”

Young America Lions Club

The Young America Lions Club participates in a vast variety of projects including providing to different sponsorships which includes the School of the Blind, speech and hearing, cancer control, diabetes, pediatric cancer, Special Olympics, provide meals, support the 4H Fair Association, provide scholarships to local high school students, purchase glasses for the less fortunate, and pay for the street lights in Young America. The Lion’s club is a small group of volunteers that roll up their sleeves and take action on projects to make their community better, and it is an incredible feeling for everyone involved, that is who we are at Young America. The project that we would utilize the money for is for the permanent building we currently have placed at the 4-H Fairgrounds, this allows us to participate in more events at the fair and raise more dollars to contribute to the different sponsorships and programs.